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by robespierre
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: doomed - use! HTTPS Everywhere - google explained why
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: doomed - use! HTTPS Everywhere - google explained why

I don't have time to watch that whole talk; do they mention that SNI completely invalidates their argument about passive eavesdropping and building profiles of users? slide here shows the profile built by the sites he visited; but SNI means that all those hostnames are always sent in plaintext when ...
by robespierre
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Xerox Alto Restoration
Replies: 40
Views: 3084

Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Sometimes it's the littlest things. A mysterious seek failure mode caused by a single loose wire:
http://www.righto.com/2018/03/a-1970s-d ... -seek.html
by robespierre
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Advice on repairing an SGI keyboard with damaged plug
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Advice on repairing an SGI keyboard with damaged plug

Are the pins in the plug bent? If some sharp object was jammed into them it can easily happen.
See if you can straighten the pins with a jeweler's screwdriver (there are better tools but most people have that one).
by robespierre
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: If there's something strange in your FW/400 ...
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: If there's something strange in your FW/400 ...

Are you sure you have a 1394 to ATA adapter, and not 1394 to ATAPI? They are different.
by robespierre
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks
Topic: Restoring an Indy, have some questions
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Restoring an Indy, have some questions

No! There's a specific way to open the case, and I also didn't understand it at first. The first important thing is that you need to turn the Indy so the "latch" is on the right side. (Part of the secret is that there is no latch at all! There is just a pair of tabs that you force apart). ...
by robespierre
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: SGI: Video
Topic: Battery in Octane PVO card?
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Battery in Octane PVO card?

There are international regulations that limit the capacity of batteries on passenger airlines, which are the reason the MacBook batteries (for example) have had the same capacity for years: they are at the limit. The PVO card does not use a battery.
by robespierre
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Dat compatibility question
Replies: 10
Views: 345

Re: Dat compatibility question

DDS3 Sony SDT9000 was offered with custom audio-capable firmware. Before that was the DDS2 Seagate Peregrine (4326NP) which also supported audio with the custom firmware. If you don't care about audio, any DDS drive probably would work.
by robespierre
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Apple
Topic: iMac G3: Bizarre startup problem
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: iMac G3: Bizarre startup problem

Does the picture grow or shrink when you display different images? That points to a power supply or flyback problem.
https://www.repairfaq.org/REPAIR/F_monf ... MONFAQ_015
by robespierre
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Apple
Topic: iMac G3: Bizarre startup problem
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: iMac G3: Bizarre startup problem

The "SCREEN" potentiometer controls the voltage of the G2 anode. Effectively, it repels electrons in the beam to decrease the current hitting the phosphor screen. The potentiometer interacts with a focus/screen voltage network which may be broken if you're seeing such wide swings in bright...
by robespierre
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What pointless thing are you doing right now?
Replies: 373
Views: 24897

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

There was something magical about conning the antenna to point at different satellites and seeing the image resolve. Like terrestrial pickup with a mast rotator, but cooler.
by robespierre
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What pointless thing are you doing right now?
Replies: 373
Views: 24897

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Yes, I remember those cards. There were some interesting articles in 2600 magazine about the system (and hackers). I can still remember taking apart some satellite tuners and receivers for the unscrambled era (by the way, the dish antennas for C-band were gigantic—nobody was using those within city ...
by robespierre
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: IRIX and Software
Topic: Cool (open source) software you would like to see ported...
Replies: 731
Views: 67241

Re: Cool (open source) software you would like to see ported...

Just fire up Quorum Latitude and bob's your uncle ;)
by robespierre
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Random Tape reel to reel Italian Job style.
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Random Tape reel to reel Italian Job style.

You'll have to remind me, does the movie feature streaming reel-to-reel tape or vacuum column units? There was a huge difference: the vacuum column tape drives were used as on-line storage by mainframes. The "random rewind/fast forward" was actually the tape seeking to specific blocks, and...
by robespierre
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: Crimson Power Supply - Removal
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Crimson Power Supply - Removal

My experience with that is mostly with twin-tower machines, but I would be shocked if removing the side panel wasn't required. That area is very cramped.

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